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    07-19-2012, 10:58 PM
Gaited horse to jump?

Hi all, so heres my problem.Long story short, I have always had a thing for english riding but I had a really bad accident on a horse and lost complete confidence in the saddle so I purchased Jack as a confidence builder. I have had him for 4 years and he is a 10 year old Tennessee Walker. I recently moved him to a barn where the horses do everything from barrels, dressage to jumping. I would really like to train him to jump. He's gaited but he is just so lazy and I don't really care for the gait to begin with. I much prefer my bumpy horses. So I guess my problem is can I train him to jump(just fun stuff, I may never even show him) and what do I need to do? Thank you in advanced!!!
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    07-19-2012, 11:25 PM
Yes! Any sound horse can jump. His spacing may be different (but I don't know for sure about that). I'd train him to jump just as any horse. I'd start with ground poles, then raise them, then make tiny crossrails and so on. You could start on lead and work your way to riding, or even practice by lunging over them (assuming he's fit enough for this sort of work).
    07-19-2012, 11:31 PM
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Is he able to trot? That can often be your biggest hurdle as it's a lot more difficult for a gaited horse to find the right distance. However, he definitely should be able to canter and it's much easier to canter fences anyway!

There are VERY few horses who are truly dangerous and should not be jumped and that's a hanging knees problem that can affect any breed. Literally every horse can jump at least 2'0" whether they're "dangerous" or not (the hanging knees really isn't a huge huge problem if you're only doing crossrails and under 2'0"). We had an Arab that was just a dismal jumper, head way up and knees hanging badly but that didn't change the fact she could spring 2'0" fences easily.

The very best way to introduce jumping is to free jump. I firmly believe ALL horses going into a jumping career should be free jumped. It allows them to learn a bit about jumping without the hinderance of a rider. It also tells you what sort of jumper he'll be and how easily he'll be able to jump if he's gaiting up to them.

Just set up a little crossrail in a riding arena and then you can use standards about 10 feet apart or so and just string a couple lunge lines down them to create a chute. Keep him calm and try not to let him gallop at them which shouldn't be a problem.

If he's able to trot, I would use trot poles but if he can't I don't think there's a different way to space them for gaited horses. I would just start playing around with crossrails and see how you both like it!
    07-19-2012, 11:34 PM
I don't see why you shouldn't be able to;like punk said,his spacing may be different but you can work with that.
I used to ride a Saddlebred who was an awesome jumper.It felt little different at first because he moved differently,but you get used to it.
    07-20-2012, 08:28 AM
Awesome!!! Thanks much! He is gaited but he's just a tad lazy so asking him to trot at least in his gait is a hassle. But I think I will just experiment. Thanks for all of your advise.
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    07-20-2012, 08:32 AM
I have had two gaited horses who seemed to love to jump and it came very naturally to them.
    07-20-2012, 08:37 AM
How did you start? Jack is a little lazy so I know from the get go this is not going to be an easy process! He would much rather run into it than actually lift his legs.
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    07-20-2012, 08:49 AM
I started them by walking them over logs on the trail.
I guess if I were you I would set up some ground or "cavaletti" poles and lead or ride Jack through them until he gets the idea of picking up his feet and then set up a small x jump and take him over that.
Short sessions, and quit when he shows he is not being "lazy" that will make it more fun for you both.
    07-20-2012, 08:53 AM
Ok sounds easy enough! Thank you!
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    07-22-2012, 03:40 PM
I actually have had alot of experience with this. I taught my gaited horse to trot, and light jumping.
Yes, it is possible but many people will tell you not too do it, many owners of the breed.
I say work on establishing a good long and low trot, and go from their, feel free to message me, I also have a website on teaching him to trot, etc

I know your frustration :) Don't give up!

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